After a fascinating first two rounds of UCI BMX SX World Cup racing that saw the Aussies shine in round one but plateau in round two, we look ahead to the next two rounds at Bathurst BMX Club.
For the first time in over ten years, the UCI BMX SX World Cup travelled Down Under to the regional hub of Shepparton for rounds one and two and in its entirety, the weekend went well for the Aussies.
Anthony Dean of Cross Keys BMX Club and Saya Sakakibara of Southlake/Illawarra produced Australia’s best results from the weekend, both placing second in round one and in round two, both made the finals however just missed out on the podium, with both finishing fourth.
Dean and Sakakibara now sit second in the world cup rankings and after blitzing through every one of their qualifiers before making it to the final last week, with Sakakibara grabbing the fastest lap time and Dean, the quickest gate time, they will both be fired up and ready to do one better at Bathurst.
Lauren Reynolds (Bunbury) and Izaac Kennedy (Logan City) both had cracking weekends too with Reynolds making the final in both rounds and Kennedy grabbing third place in the first round. Both riders have spent a considerable amount of time training at Bathurst and have their sights on the Olympics.
A couple of riders will be looking to join the above in the finals. Caroline Buchanan made the semi-finals in round two of the world cup as did Kai Sakakibara. Both riders, having improved on their round one results, will be eager to boost their UCI points at a track that they both know very well.
Not all riders this weekend will be striving for those elusive world cup qualification points, with some looking to test themselves on the world stage.
Shannon Petre, the youngest girl on the women’s ledger and Oli Moran, are both determined to fight as hard as they can and prove they can dance with the best. Petre, only coming back from injury recently, will be looking to get as much experience with the best before the world championships in May, whilst Moran is keen to challenge himself and do one better in the junior elite at worlds this year after placing second in Belgium last year.
Brandon Te Hiko unfortunately won’t be competing after falling in the first round of the world cup last week. The 22-year-old posted on social media revealing his disappointment but is glad the injury was not too serious.
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So blessed to still be somewhat walking after this crash 🙏 definitely could have thought of a thousand bad outcomes from this, so I’ll happily take this one. – Thank you all for all your kind messages ❤️ I’m doing good, I’ll be back soon 🤙🏼 Massive shout to @wearelusty x @troyleedesignsau for protecting my head and body 🙏
You can keep up with all the action tomorrow and Sunday on BMXA’s social pipes and you can watch the live stream of racing at BMX Live tv – CLICK HERE– , with racing starting at 11AM on Saturday and 11:30AM on Sunday. Finals at 3PM on Saturday and 4:35PM on Sunday.
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